Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pic Today 1/14/16


MISSISSIPPI RIVER
CARBON CONTRABAND

On a recent flight
over St. Louis,
I saw this view of the
Mighty Mississippi River.

. . . and saw this
"log jam" of coal barges,
loaded and en route to New Orleans.

A careful count (just in this single image)
shows 199 barges, waiting their turn,
to be "pushed" downstream.

Each barge carries 1500 tons of coal.
That's 298,500 total tonnage.
"Steam coal" destined for power usage
in Asia and Europe.

The Mississippi is the most economical
mode of transportation,
shipping coal to international customers.

That's a giant carbon footprint.

(Hopefully, we're coming to the end
of our dirty coal burning era.)

7 comments:

  1. Nossa que impressionante!... OMG!!!
    Bjus Rick

    http://simplesmentelilly.blogspot.com.br/

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  2. Amazing photo!!!...you are an intrepid photographer, my friend!!!

    A hug, Rick...ah, a veces, escribo en inglés...pero no muy bien,hahahaaa!!! ;)

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  3. Like a gorgeous abstract painting. So very well seen and composed. You've the eyes, that's sure.

    xo, isabella

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  4. This is a great shot, but what a sad state of affairs for our environment.

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  5. Bello scatto con una forte qualità di immagine astratta, mi fa pensare a Klimt.

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  6. I hope it comes to end soon rather than later. Great image though Rick.

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